June - October 2019
Saturday 22nd June, Friday 26th July, Friday 23rd August​
Dormouse Handling and Surveying Workshop
Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston
This course is aimed at ecological consultants and those in training for their dormouse handling licence. A classroom session on survey methods followed by handling, sexing and weighing captive dormice under supervision. Limited to 6 places per workshop.
10.30am - 4.00pm
£60 per person
Saturday 10th August
Owls: Their Natural History and Conservation
Tutor: Simon Ginnaw
Throughout history and across many cultures, owls have been both feared and venerated, despised and admired, and considered wise and foolish.  The real natural history of these beautiful creatures is even more fascinating, and during this day course we will delve into the adaptations, biology, and fascinating lives of our native owls, including the opportunity to meet them.  Learn how we can help to conserve them and their environment.
£30 per person
Saturday 17th August and Saturday 21st September
Dormouse Ecology and Conservation
Tutor: Hazel Ryan
In partnership with the Mammal Society*
This one day course is recognised as the definitive course on dormouse ecology and monitoring. It is ideal for those with a general interest or those working towards their Dormouse Handling Licence. Included is a field visit to check nest boxes, information on relevant legislation and often the opportunity to handle a dormouse under supervision with guidance on best practice.
From £94 per person
*Please book direct with the Mammal Society  http://www.mammal.org.uk Tel: 023 8001 0984
Friday 30th August
Dormouse Handling and Survey Methods
In Partnership with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) *
Tutor: Hazel Ryan
A basic introduction to dormouse ecology followed by more detailed information about dormouse survey and handling techniques including nut searches, nest identification and the use of nest boxes and nest tubes for survey and monitoring. Relevant legislation and how to complete NDMP recording forms will also be covered. Artefacts, including nests and nuts and seeds nibbled by a range of small mammals, will be available for close examination. A practical handling session will enable participants to check nest boxes in our captive enclosures and to handle, sex and weigh adult dormice. There may also be the opportunity to observe or handle baby or juvenile dormice depending on time of year and breeding success.
CIEEM Members £170 Non-Members £220
* Please book directly with CIEEM
Friday 30th August - Sunday 1st September
Mammal Identification Weekend by the Mammal Society*
Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston
The Mammal Identification Weekend provides a great chance to learn the key distinguishing features of all UK mammal species. Classroom sessions will cover the key visual clues to identification, tracks, feeding signs, nests, burrows, sounds, droppings & skeletal remains. There are plenty of opportunities to develop your practical skills during six field-based sessions focusing on small mammal trapping, field signs, handling small mammals and the analysis of owl pellets. Successful completion of the course and optional assessment leads to the FSC accredited certificate in basic mammal identification.
Prices include accommodation and meals, single rooms are available at a supplement. Non-residential places are available on request.
This course will take place at Juniper Hall Field Centre, Old London Road, Dorking RH5 6DA
From £205 per person
*Please book direct with the Mammal Society  http://www.mammal.org.uk Tel: 023 8001 0984
Saturday 14th September
Autumn Foraging in Egerton
Tutor: Steve Kirk
Join us on a treasure hunt for nature’s wild harvest. Discover the foraging opportunities in different habitats. Learn to identify and gather wild fruits, roots, nuts and berries. Return with your harvest and find out the best ways to cook and preserve them, with live cooking demonstrations. Finally, sample some freshly prepared wild fare from the autumn bounty.
Meet at Egerton Village Hall.
10.00am – 4.00pm 
£30 per person
Saturday 14th September
Bat Handling and Identification
Tutor: Hazel Ryan
In Partnership with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)*
An introduction to British bat ecology followed by species ID, handling and sexing, including health and safety precautions. A practical session will enable participants to practice handling permanent captive bats and to identify preserved specimens using a key.
Aimed at those currently training towards a bat licence and requiring handling and ID practice. Attendees require an up-to-date vaccination against rabies and tetanus.
CIEEM Members £170 Non-Members £220 (Early bird booking discounts available)
Sunday 15th September
Badger Ecology and Field Signs
Tutor: David Williams
This workshop will provide a comprehensive background in badger biology and ecology. Learn techniques used to survey badgers and gain an understanding of the threats that they face. We will then visit a woodland site to look at field signs before meeting Wildwood’s captive badgers. Own transport required for off-site visit.
10.00am – 4.00pm 
£30 per person
Saturday 28th September
Introduction to Spider Identification and Ecology
Tutor: Steve Kirk
Learn how to identify British spiders reliably and understand their role in the ecosystem. Spend time out in the field finding spiders in their natural habitats. Guidance will be provided for those interested in becoming involved in spider recording and there will be opportunities to discuss their conservation.
10.00am – 4.00pm 
£30 per person
Saturday 5th October
Harvest Mouse Ecology and Surveying
Tutor: Steve Kirk
In Partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Kent Mammal Group (KMG)
This course is for anyone wishing to participate in the Kent Harvest Mouse Survey. Learn about the ecology and the key factors affecting the status and distribution of harvest mice in this country. An opportunity to examine a variety of harvest mouse nests and gain the practical surveying experience in the field needed for the survey.
10.00am – 4.00pm 
Free for survey volunteers
  • Minimum age for all courses is 16 years unless specified. All under 18’s must be accompanied by a paying adult unless specified.
  • All courses are held at Wildwood Trust and include Wildwood entry fees unless otherwise specified. Please check listing.
  • All courses are booked directly with Wildwood unless otherwise stated, please check listing for details.
  • All courses must be paid for at the time of booking and are non-refundable unless cancelled by Wildwood.
  • Lunch is not provided unless stated. Participants are welcome to bring their own packed lunch or purchase lunch in the Wildwood Cafe.
  • To book online visit our courses page at our secure online shop.
  • Please email courses@wildwoodtrust.org  or telephone 01227 711 471 for more information.
  • Booking is essential for all courses.
  • You can download and print the complete leaflet here.